Bobby Joe Brown

Aviation Electrician 3rd Class
United States Navy
12 June 1946 - 29 July 1967
Indianapolis, Indiana
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Bobby Joe Brown

11 Apr 2005


by his brother,
William E. Brown

A Note from The Virtual Wall

USS FORRESTAL arrived on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 July 1967 and immediately began combat operations. The first four days were routine; the fifth day, 29 July, was not.

At 10:52 AM a 5-inch Zuni rocket accidentally fired across the crowded flight deck, impacting an armed A-4 Skyhawk. The resulting explosions and fires raged for 13 hours and more, killing 135 crewmen with hundreds more injured.

Some of Fighter Squadron 11's berthing spaces were located immediately below the area of the flight deck first involved, and many off-duty men from VF-11 died in those compartments. The squadron lost a total of 48 men.

More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
William E. Brown

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Apr 2005
Last updated 07/05/2006